Category archives for: Editorial

Enforcement, awareness needed to curtail littering

Welsh Garden Club members have asked officials in the town to increase and enforce littering fines in hopes of keeping the area clean. Maybe it is time all areas of Jeff Davis Parish started enforcing littering laws and fines. It is simply lazy to drop trash wherever one feels inclined, and it is also lazy […]

Public needs to be more involved in community matters

A number of meetings are held regularly each month across Jeff Davis Parish that include towns and city councils, school board and police jury, just to name a few. Each meeting has a concrete schedule, such as the first Tuesday of each month or the third Thursday of each month, and always begins at the […]

Farewell, friend

This past week, Jennings said goodbye to one of its greatest friends, Tom Precht. Jennings and Jeff Davis Parish were so blessed to have someone like Tom on our team. In everything he did, he gave 110 percent, even as his health began failing in recent years. He never stopped smiling or believing that by […]

Remember the reason for freedom

Independence Day is one of those holidays when we often take the history of the event for granted. We get all excited about a long weekend, a day off of work or getting together with the family for a big barbecue. All of this is great, but the holiday itself means a whole lot more. […]

Be safe this weekend

It’s time for Fourth of July celebrations – fireworks, a backyard barbecue, maybe a trip to the beach. Whatever people have planned, the American Red Cross wants them to enjoy their holiday and has steps they can follow to be safe. • Fireworks. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks […]

Fireworks harder on those with health issues

July Fourth fireworks fill the skies across the nation with more than sparkling bursts of color. They spew pollution, too. A study of 315 locations around the country found that the holiday explosions temporarily boosted the levels of airborne microscopic particles that can pose a health risk. At 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on July […]

Let’s move on

The Supreme Court’s majority decision to nationally legalize marriages of same sex couples was inevitable. Regardless of any one person’s beliefs on the matter, it was obvious in recent years that the issue was gaining support and would one day soon gain passage, especially since our highest court currently consists of a liberal majority. This […]

Court upholds ACA subsidies

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, […]

Religious groups may appeal birth control mandate ruling

A group of religious institutions is considering an appeal of a federal court ruling this week that found certain birth-control provisions of the Affordable Care Act don’t violate the religious rights of faith-based groups. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans delivered its ruling Monday, which was a […]

Please adhere to seatbelt laws

So many times it takes a tragedy for us all to remember the importance of following laws meant to protect us. A two-year-old child from Acadia Parish died from his injuries after falling out of a moving vehicle Monday. According to Louisiana State Police, the child was unrestrained and fell out of the front passenger […]

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